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To: Cicero
Say, what? This statement seems to say that there is a universal, presumably constitutional, right to abort babies right up to the time of viability. Maybe the first six or seven months of pregnancy, maybe even eight or nine if interpreted liberally (as it would be), and that the state should only be permitted to put parental consent or notification restrictions on that right.

Not being argumentative or even justifying KBH's position, but is there that much variation in the definition of viability? I've heard that viability is typically considered to be about 21-22 weeks.
12 posted on 01/15/2005 11:01:02 AM PST by Akira (Experience is a hard teacher, but fools will have no other.)
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To: Akira

It would depend on whether you were talking about viability in cases where you take extraordinary measures. I don't know how meaningful it would be to expect someone seeking an abortion to take extraordinary measures to preserve a premature child's life. As it is now, however, with a lot of late term abortions the aborted child accidentally survives, maybe with an arm or a leg cut off, and in many hospitals the custom has then been to set the baby aside until it conveniently dies by thirst, starvation, or exposure, and can be disposed of.

Rape, life of the mother, and incest also could be large loopholes, depending on what the politician's real attitudes are. That was how George Bush described himself during his first campaign, but in office he has been pretty forcefully pro-life, from the very first day.

Life of the mother is very different from health of the mother, if that is really the guideline being followed. I agree with those who argue that abortion is wrong in the case of rape and incest--because in what way is the baby at fault for what was done by others? Why should he be killed? If the mother understandably couldn't deal with the trauma, then the baby could be offered for adoption.


20 posted on 01/15/2005 12:50:59 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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